GOP Sheriff Refuses To Enforce Ohio Governor's Order: 'I Am Not The Mask Police'

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said he may change his mind if Donald Trump issues a federal mandate on masks amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A Republican sheriff in Ohio said he won’t enforce GOP Gov. Mike DeWine’s order that requires people to wear face masks in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said in an interview with CNN’s Brianna Keilar on Wednesday that he wears a mask himself and is “good with that.”

But the sheriff, who supports President Donald Trump, insisted, “I’m not going to be the mask police. Period.”

DeWine issued the mandatory mask order for seven counties designated as high risk for COVID-19, including Butler County, on Tuesday:

Jones told Keiler that he was “confused” about the science regarding wearing masks, claiming “every week they change how you can catch” the virus.

“I wear a mask, but we shouldn’t have our government demand that we wear a mask, that we can’t work, that the economy’s shut down,” Jones said. “When this is all over and the studies come out, there will be more people who have died from not being able to go to a hospital, without being able to get their medication. This is my opinion.”

Keilar pointed out how public health experts believe wearing masks is a relatively inexpensive and easy way to mitigate the risk of the coronavirus.

Jones did admit, however, that he may change his mind on enforcing the order if Trump issues a federal mandate.

Check out the full interview here:

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